Sport Management

Department of  Kinesiology and Health Education

Two Sport Management graduate students give a presentation to the San Antonio Spurs management team.

Our Sport Management master’s programs prepare students to work in nearly every facet of organized sports. With a focus on the business side of sports, graduate students learn the skills necessary to succeed in a successful professional organization. Students will be enrolled in courses that cover aspects of

  • marketing,
  • event planning,
  • sport analytics,
  • ethics,
  • law,
  • sport communication, and
  • strategic planning.

We welcome students from all academic backgrounds with a passion for sport, recreation, and physical activity.

On- and Off-Campus Master’s Degrees

There are three degree options at the master’s level to enable our graduates to excel in future careers. Our traditional, on-campus masters’ program offers students the opportunity to complete either an M.Ed., or an M.S. in face-to-face classes with the faculty here in Austin. The faculty below serve on thesis committees for M.S. students.

We also offer a two-year online master’s (M.Ed.) program that does not require students to travel to Austin. All classes are delivered via the internet, so students can pursue a career and be a graduate student. 

Photo of faculty member Kimberly A Beckwith
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Teaches courses on sport history and strength and conditioning. Research focuses on physical culture history.

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Associate Professor of Instruction

Examines the management of systems for athlete development, including how different sport settings influence performance and participation over the lifespan. Focuses on re-imagining the youth sport experience, with a specific interest in the developm...

Photo of faculty member John D Fair
Adjunct Professor

Focuses on the history of sport culture, particularly Olympic weightlifting, and its impact on society.

Photo of faculty member Erik  Gnagy
Clinical Assistant Professor

Specializes in behavior, sports performance, and decision making in golf; teaches golf and courses need to be certified in physical education.

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Associate Professor

Examines the intersection of sport and international political history.

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Associate Vice President, Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

Research focuses on race and sport, leadership, and community building via sport.

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Associate Professor

Studies managerial economics in sport relating to the market power of pro sports leagues under three primary branches: industrial organization, labor markets, and public policy and economic development.

Photo of faculty member Tolga  Ozyurtcu
Associate Professor of Instruction

Studies the historical, philosophical, sociocultural, and political dimensions of sport and physical culture.

Photo of faculty member Aquasia  Shaw
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Focuses on the sociology of sport and cultural studies, sport management and diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Photo of faculty member Emily  Sparvero
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Focuses on the development of sport policies and the ways in which professional sport teams can be leveraged to generate economic, social, and tourism benefits for host communities.

Photo of faculty member Charles  Stocking
Associate Professor

The History and Philosophy of the Body, Sport, and Physical Culture from Ancient Greece to the Present

Photo of faculty member Janice (Jan) S Todd
Department Chair

Specializes in the history of strength and conditioning, doping, women and sport, and history of physical culture.

Physical Culture and Sport Studies at the Stark Center

The world’s most extensive collection of materials, books, journals, and artifacts covering topics of sport training, sport history, sport philosophy, sport management, physical culture and alternative medicine.

Sport + Development Lab

An innovative network of research groups and practitioners working to advance the development of sport systems and sport’s impact on individuals and communities.

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Program Director
Matthew Bowers

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